Further £80m cuts at Cumbria County Council
Last updated at 12:24, Monday, 09 September 2013
Another eye-watering £80 million of cuts are being demanded at Cumbria County Council.
Job losses are inevitable as staff brace themselves for the fallout from another wave of Government-driven austerity measures.
The stinging savings needed in the next three financial years are on top of £88m-worth of cuts in the past three.
Hundreds of jobs have been lost with the council already and services changed because of dramatic drops in the amount of money from Westminster to local authorities.
The stark challenge faced by the county council is outlined in a budget planning update being presented to councillors this week.
And the report is clear about the impact of continuing cuts when it states: “Given the scale of the planned savings for 2014 onwards, workforce reductions and redundancies are inevitable.
“Formal statutory consultation will be required with trade unions and staff who are in the scope of proposed changes.
“It is intended that voluntary redundancy will be considered, reflecting the scope and nature of the efficiencies required.
“Every effort will be made to minimise and mitigate job losses, although the scale of the necessary savings means that compulsory redundancies cannot be ruled out as a last resort.”
The next financial year, starting in April, will be the fifth in which councils have had to shoulder cuts in Government funding. Changes to other cash streams will also have to be taken into consideration.
Early estimations are that the county council will have to save £24.4m in 2014/15, £31.2m in 2015/16 and £24.3m in 2016/17 – totalling £79.9m.
The final level of cuts needed next year will not be confirmed until the settlement for local authorities is announced in December.
Council leaders say they will do all they can to mitigate job losses while protecting frontline services, with the authority’s responsibilities including roads, social services, the county’s fire service and public health.
Jo Stephenson, the county’s deputy leader, told the News & Star: “It’s going to be very difficult.”
How the cuts will hit services is not yet clear, but all departments will be affected.
“There’s no choice about this. We need to find the money,” Mr Stephenson said.
“We’re looking at all the council’s activities to see where efficiencies can be made.
“We want to protect frontline services as much as possible.”
Councillors will be briefed on the budget’s progress at a full meeting of the county council in Kendal on Wednesday.
They are expected to be presented with a proposed draft budget to consider when they meet in February.
Staff and public consultation on the budget will take place.
First published at 12:02, Monday, 09 September 2013
Published by http://www.newsandstar.co.uk
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Nice comment from Laughing out loud, and best of luck to your daughter in her job!
When my daughter lost her job,it took her one year to find another one.Throughout my daughters period of active jobseeking; my Council worker neighbour would make snide remarks and tut tut sounds; every time she saw my daughter.However,just last week,I engaged my neighbour in conversation and she was frantic with worry.She was saying "How can we repay our mortgage",and "We will have to move,but there aren't any Council houses left"? I said "Try for a job in a factory"?My neighbour point blank refused to ever work in any factory job.I just smiled to my self and sniggered thinking,"Serves you right for judging my daughter".Nice to see all of the over judgemental,"there's loads of jobs out there" brigade finally getting a taste of the real World!
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